Road Stories Blog

Paulo Padilha and Group arrive in Harrisburg, PA

By Beto González

Paulo Padilha and Group arrived in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, last week to find snow covered lawns and fields—quite a sight for our warm weather friends from Brazil!

Shanren in Sisseton, SD

By Shigeyo Henriquez

Last week, Shanren hosted a unique exchange in Sisseton and the surrounding area. In this post road manager Shigeyo Henriquez shares photos and stories from their week in South Dakota.

Shanren in Bemidji, MN

By Shigeyo Henriquez

Last week, Shanren explored Bemidji and northern Minnesota while sharing their incredible music and culture through a variety of residency activities. Road manager Shigeyo Henriquez shares photos and stories from their week in Minnesota.

Shanren in Rice Lake, WI

By Shigeyo Henriquez

From January 18–24, Shanren visited communities in Northwest Wisconsin, including Rice Lake, Cumberland, Barron, and Shell Lake. The ensemble hosted school and community workshops and drew laughs and eager participants at every stop.

Shanren road manager Shigeyo Henriquez took photos throughout their week in Wisconsin.

Shanren in Orange City, IA

By Shigeyo Henriquez

Shanren spent last week in Orange City, Iowa performing in schools, coffee houses, at the University, and in the community library. It was a varied and fun week for the group just as we hope it was for the community.

Shanren road manager Shigeyo Henriquez took a number of photos that give you a feel for the week.

Jet-lagged Shanren arrive in the U.S. for their Arts Midwest World Fest tour

By Ken Carlson

What’s that old postal creed? “Neither rain nor snow nor…” Shanren, an Arts Midwest World Fest ensemble from Yunnan Province in China, appears to have what it takes to be postal carriers.

Most of the group traveled from Beijing to Minneapolis via Chicago on January 8. Falling snow tied O’Hare Airport into a knot that evening. The tram stopped working, buses brought on-line to take over for the tram were completely jammed and taxis were full as well.

Shanren in Medina, OH

By Shigeyo Henriquez

The Shanren residency was hosted by ORMACO (Ohio Regional Music, Arts, and Cultural Outreach) and located in the Medina area, 50 miles south of Cleveland.

Shanren visits Midland, MI

By Shigeyo Henriquez

Midland, as the name suggests, sits in the middle of Lower Michigan. We followed Google map and it took us through miles of corn fields. “Are we going to the right place?” we all wondered.

Shanren visits Hanover, IN

By Shigeyo Henriquez

In this post, road manager Shigeyo Henriquez shares more about Shanren’s visit with friendly audiences in the picturesque towns of Hanover and Madison, Indiana.

Shanren in DeKalb, IL

By Emily Anderson. Photos by Shigeyo Henriquez.

Shanren recently completed a tour with Arts Midwest World Fest. They have since returned to their home in China, but the ensemble really left a lasting impression on the Midwest! The next few blog posts will be all about the communities Shanren visited here on their tour. We hope you enjoy learning about their journey.